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How to get to
The World's Biggest Stage:

​Send an email including the following:

  1. Biography including Date of Birth

  2. E-mail address

  3. Demo video link of 3-5 minute performance 


Email us by December 1, 2023

(Check competition rules below to confirm eligibility)


The World's Biggest Stage Competition VIOLIN EDITION (10th year)



1. There is NO APPLICATION FEE.  The competition is open to violinists of all nationalities, ages 18 to 29 (by Jan 14, 2024). The winner will receive $5,000 and be the featured violinist in the 20th Water Island Music Festival. The 3 runner-ups will each receive $2,000.

2.  The competition will take place in TWO ROUNDS.  


3. The FIRST ROUND will consist of a video recording of a freely chosen 3-5 minute piece from the standard violin repertoire, for either solo violin, violin and piano, or violin and orchestra (or other instrumental configuration). The video should be uploaded to YouTube and the link emailed to the competition by Dec 1, 2023.


4.  Four finalists will be chosen by Dec 15, 2023 to proceed to the FINAL ROUND.


5.  The FINAL ROUND will take place in New York City (venue TBA) on Sunday, Jan 14, 2024 and will be live-streamed by the Violin Channel to its 500,000 followers.


6.  Agents and presenters in town for the annual APAP conference will be invited to attend the final round of the competition.


7.  Each finalist will perform one movement selected from the newly composed Violin Sonata by Julian Gargiulo. The four movements will be assigned randomly.


8.  The winner of the FINAL ROUND will be decided 50 percent by the audience (online and present at the final round) and 50 percent by a jury consisting solely of previous winners of the competition plus one celebrity judge.


9.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000, be the featured violinist in the 2025 The World's Biggest Stage Competition (Jan 2025), be the featured violinist in the 20th Water Island Music Festival in St. Thomas, USVI (Jan 2025), and give a series of assembly-style performances (along with Julian) leading up to the 2025 competition in New York Public High Schools. Airfare (from NY), lodging, and meals will be provided (for the Water Island Music Festival) as well as housing in NY while giving the public school performances. 

*Note: Performing in the Water Island Music Festival is compulsory, and not being able to perform will mean forfeiting the prize.

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